Jock on Wytches: Process, Terror, and Why The Book Is Successful

By Jim Dandeneau in Comics
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

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One of the most popular comic artists in the world right now, Jock began his career with 2000A.D. working on Judge Dredd strips and with Andy Diggle on Lenny Zero. He made his leap to the States in the early 2000s, joining Diggle for The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One (among other books), before pairing with Scott Snyder for the critically acclaimed "Black Mirror" story arc in Detective Comics. He reteamed with Snyder to launch their creator-owned series Wytches last year. To celebrate the release of the first trade paperback of the series, and to kick off our SDCC coverage (which is going to be awesome guys, stick around all week), we got a chance to talk with Jock about the series, its distinctive look and the terror that comes not just from reading it, but from making it as well.

Daredevil's New Elektra Is Cast, and She Looks the Part

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 3:19 pm

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You saw her do martial-arts moves in a tight red outfit in G.I. Joe: Retaliation - now you'll get to see Elodie Yung do the same thing again in Netflix's Marvel's Daredevil. She's not Greek - French-Cambodian, in fact - but that's only an issue if we make it one. I don't know enough about her acting ability to make further assessments, but she has the look and the fight skills down.

You might say it's a good thing this season just got Jinxed.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Will Make a Star Wars Han Solo Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm

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Brickipedia

No, not the adventures of Lego Han Solo, which would be cool. The actual, shooting-first Han Solo prior to Episode IV.

The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.
First item on the agenda should be to figure out exactly why Han appears to use the term "Parsec" incorrectly. Like, a flashback where he's in space school and the teacher is drunk, or something.

Now, let the logical Chris Pratt rumors commence! Unless they want to go younger than that, which seems plausible.

Super-Awesome Helmet: Be Mega Man!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Video Games
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Somehow, I picture our games columnist Kyle LeClair wearing this as he compiles new lists of trailers, all while banging his head against the wall (safely protected in this new plastic cocoon, of course), going "Dammit, why the F*** can't Capcom make a new game as cool as this helmet?"

That probably explains why this light-up headwear has a soft, padded interior.

Made of high quality ABS plastic with a high polish finish, authentic proportions and details, plus working LED lights! A unique clamshell hinge allows the front and back half of the helmet to easily open up to comfortably fit your head inside the soft padded interior for a perfect fit.
Preorders will begin at Comic-Con, so you can get a head start on being the next Capcom villain: Broke Man.

via Polygon

Woo-Hoo! Harry Shearer's Ba-Diddly-Ack on The Simpsons

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11:06 am

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Entertainment Weekly reports that the vocally varied voice-over virtuoso has signed a new deal akin to that of his costars. So it was a hardball negotioating tactic after all - I'm proud to say that unlike many other sites, we always speculated it was such.

And in anticipation of the obvious, inevitable "But The Simpsons sucks anyway!" comments - no matter where you stand, it would indisputably suck more without Shearer. So pish posh to you.

via the AV Club

Concrete, Umbrella Academy and More in the Works for TV Adaptations

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

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Been a while since I heard anything about Concrete, Dark Horse's more realistic and existential take on how a Badrock-like character might actually interact with the real world. It's now one of four properties in development as part of a new deal between Dark Horse and Universal Cable Productions. I imagine the lead character would have to be fully CG, which seems an expensive proposition since the show is all about him.

Also in the works: The Umbrella Academy, once set to be a movie, created by the lead singer of My Chemical Romance; Harrow County, about a reincarnated witch; and Back Up, about humans backing up their souls in case of death, that they may simply be reinstalled.

My suspicion is that this deal also means you'll see a Hellboy reboot sometime rather than a third movie. He's kind of the big gun for DH, and has "shared universe" written all over him. They'd be nuts not to try monetizing again. Hella nuts, even. (I just gave you a free title for the porn parody, right there.)

Topless Robot LIVE! Dissect-an-Alien Resurrection

By Luke Y. Thompson in Live Performance, Movies
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

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In today's podcast, Bryce Abood and I examine Joss Whedon's original Alien Resurrection script to see if it really would have been better. We also talk Comic-Con, and briefly reflect on the Fourth of July.

As always, if you do iTunes, please subscribe and review us - subscribers get the newest podcasts first.

TR Interview: Star Trek and Superhero Show Veteran Phil Morris

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, TV
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Phil Morris isn't just the narrator of "Real Fake History," the new Machinima series that gives classic fictional battles the Ken Burns treatment (Beatrix Kiddo vs. the Crazy 88 is today's topic). He's also quite the acting badass, having made his debut as a child in the original Star Trek episode "Miri," played J'onn J'onzz/John Jones on Smallville, and voiced animated comic characters as varied as Jonah Hex, Vandal Savage and Lego Hawkman.

You may not know the name offhand, but I guarantee you've seen his face and heard his voice before, perhaps most notably as the slick lawyer Jackie Chiles in Seinfeld. And I think you'll find he had some interesting things to say.

Blu-ray Today: Giant Robots! Zombies and Arnold! Lovecraft! Joe Dirt?

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Robot Jox - Decades before Pacific Rim, Robot Jox imagined a world where nations built giant effin' robots, and used them to fight...not monsters, but a surrogate Cold War for control of disputed territories. Uncharacteristically directed by Re-animator's Stuart Gordon, the movie does clever things with elaborate miniatures. However, being ultimately a low-budget film, it rations out the robo-action to the point that most of the good bits are in the trailer already. The rest involves champion robo-jock Gary Graham deciding to quit the games following a nasty accident rather than defeat his Soviet foe, only to come back when a younger female pilot has to take his place in the rematch. It's fairly by-the-numbers stuff in white rooms with futuristic jumpsuits.

The new Blu-ray features a slightly grainy transfer, and commentaries by both Stuart Gordon and the effects team. Worth watching once, but only worth the own for completists of giant robot movies. Blink and you'll miss young Jeffrey Combs in a small role.

17 Cool Things to Check out at Comic-Con Aside From the Obvious

By Kyle LeClair in Daily Lists, Miscellaneous
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Well, it's that time of the year again, where droves of nerds descend upon San Diego to what in exceedingly long lines in ungodly heat for even a glimpse of some really cool collectible or footage from the latest comic book film in development, all while munching on overpriced food...god, I wish I was actually going there.

Instead, I am sadly stuck back here in Canada. But quite possibly befitting my apparent status as a Comic Con outcast, it is my duty to showcase the more miscellaneous bits of Comic Con to check out, the stuff beyond the obvious film, television, and collectible news and panels. What kind of stuff, you may ask? Well, come on in to see what else SDCC will be offering this year, from offsite events to the kinds of panels that just didn't fit into any other definable category.